Woodchucks are nuisances that burrow and tunnel and cause havoc through your garden and yard. A fence may not be able to fix all the issues that these critters can cause. This destructive creature can cause damage to your home’s foundation, driveway, and just about any space, they can tunnel through. It’s not only property damage that woodchucks can cause, but personal injuries as well from the holes they create that both person and pets can step in. Here’s a look at some common problems that woodchucks can cause in your yard.
If woodchucks are damaging your property’s foundation, you have a serious problem that affects the stability of your home and can cost significantly for repair costs. The digging woodchucks do beneath your property can make the whole structure unstable. When you notice holes or signs of digging around your home, be sure to investigate the entire property to eliminate the risk of foundation damage.
Woodchucks not only dig beneath domestic properties, but beneath the ground of outbuilding, including greenhouses, sheds, and workshops. What you’ll likely find happens is a dramatic impact where the properties tend to sink gradually. If the foundation is shallow and woodchucks tunnel beneath an outbuilding, it can tilt significantly or fall into the earth in the direction of the tunnels.
If you cherish your lush lawn, you may want to do everything possible to rid your yard of woodchucks if you suspect that they have taken up residence. Woodchucks tend to gravitate towards the moist soil beneath your lawn because of insects and other food sources essentially. The burrowing created by the woodchucks can lead to the soil falling in on top of the tunnels, resulting in undesired and unattractive divets throughout your lawn or garden. You could try and use fencing as a barrier to keep the critters out if you are protecting a small area.
Woodchucks typically tunnel beneath fences, and if this is a regular occurrence, your fence could become unstable as a result of the ground caving in below it. If you live in an area prone to woodchucks, it’s a good idea to install and embed your fence at least 12 inches into the ground, which could help hinder the woodchucks from digging underneath. Maybe trying to you a scare device (e.g. suspended beach ball) near your fence could ward off woodchucks.
If you have a woodchuck problem, let Baystate Wildlife help. Baystate can humanely remove woodchucks and other animals from your property. You can trust that we will deliver quality service and give you the peace of mind that you deserve.